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fataltcA 23-year-old Valencia man was killed in a suspected hit-and-run collision in Orange County early Thursday morning.

Travis Marton was believed to have been killed on a stretch of Pacific Coast Highway in Newport Beach sometime before 2:56 a.m. on New Year’s Day, according to Sgt. Rachel Johnson.

“A passerby motorist said he thought that there was a dead person in the roadway,” she said.

Officials received a report shortly before 3 a.m. of a man reportedly lying in the road, she said, in a southbound lane.

The collision reportedly took place on a stretch of PCH known as East Coast Highway and Newport Coast Drive, Johnson said.

When NBPD officers responded, they found Marton, who was declared dead at the scene.

Marton was found near the intersection, and officers believe he was trying to cross the road when he was struck and killed.

Officers immediately put out an alert to surrounding law enforcement agencies looking for a vehicle that might have sustained collision damage.

Laguna Beach Police Department officers found Ronald Aviles, 56, of San Clemente, a short time later driving a white minivan that appeared to have been in a collision, Johnson said.

Aviles was questioned and then arrested for a felony hit and run, Johnson said, noting additional charges might be added later because the investigation was only 12 hours old and ongoing.

Aviles is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail. He’s expected to be arraigned in an Orange County courthouse within the next few days.

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19 Comments

  1. This is terrible. My condolences go out to his mom, dad and his brother. There are no words that can be expressed to someone going through this. May you find strength and have the support system to get through this. My heart aches for all of you.

  2. How awful! Something has to be done about all of these hit and runs because they are reaching epidemic proportions in our state and too many are either getting away with it completely or receiving nothing more than a slap on the wrist. This young man’s family will be in our prayers.

  3. Our nephew was killed in a hit and run 5 years ago and they never found him. Soooo sad.

  4. So very sad… Words can not express how very tragic! Our deepest condolences to his family

  5. Robin S says:

    What a tragic start to the new year may Travis RIP, sending healing hugs to his family. This is such a tragedy. My thought and prayer go out to the Marton’s

  6. Casey Pimentel Jessica Hobbs – thought you’d want to see this about your friend.

  7. Praying for his family and friends, so horrible. I hope God heals their heavy hearts and gives them comfort during this difficult time . May he rest in peace

  8. We can’t even explain how much this hurts. (I speak for all his buddies)

  9. Fatin Sako Fatin Sako says:

    May God rest his soul in peace. Prayers to his family. So sad.

  10. Jeanne says:

    To all of his friends, hug your parents and tell them you love them.

    When you can, send a card to his parents telling of a story about him that they may not know. They will treasure these and it will bring comfort to know others are grieving his loss.

    My prayers for peace and healing go out to his family and friends.

  11. Peter Bishop Peter Bishop says:

    More than likely this guy will only get 3 years if he pleads out. That’s the typical sentence.

  12. Peter Bishop Peter Bishop says:

    More than likely this guy will only get 3 years if he pleads out. That’s the typical sentence.

  13. Peter Bishop Peter Bishop says:

    More than likely this guy will only get 3 years if he pleads out. That’s the typical sentence.

  14. So sad… my condolences…

  15. So sad to hear this his mother and I went to school together RIP Travis

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